So, I recalled that the 23 Things mania had stemmed from some sort of techie universe thing that was many more things. So I poked around and did some back tracking until I discovered that it was 43 things…and more, the 43 things was not finite. It’s a social networking site for goal setting, and folksonomy, and won awards and things. Here’s the scoop in case you’re looking for something to fill the void that finishing the 23 Things will leave:

The Official 43 Things Site

Wikipedia on 43 Things

An Example of Someone’s 43 Things

I haven’t started any of this, or really spent much time on it, but I think I might and I’ll continue to blog how that goes.

I made it! Yay! I’m actually thinking of looking up the other “things” programs that have more things and trying the ones that we didn’t do here. I feel like this was a great way to browse the 2.0 technologies.

That is the thing I got the most out of all this; it’s a way to browse. A lot of people asked me why I was taking this course, since I already had a Facebook page and did web design and had tried to use Second Life. My answer was two-fold.

  1. I only know about 50% of the technologies on this list. About 25% of those I got involved with out of need or invite and never learned their full functionality.
  2. I knew of all the other technologies, but I had an attitude about them and I wanted the opportunity to see if those assumptions were wrong.

And I did that. Now I have a good idea of all of them, and want to explore more. But it doesn’t mean that I’ll use them all. I think the best thing we can all take from this experience is that there is a great deal of great new stuff out there. But, like you wouldn’t buy every cereal in the aisle, you won’t “buy” all this technology. And that’s okay. We don’t have to like it all, but we do have to know about it. We have to be able to answer questions about what it’s for. We have to be able to recommend it to someone for whom it may be useful, even if we do not find it useful personally. And I think now, we would all agree, it only takes a short time here and there to learn enough to reach a reasonable point of knowing. If we want to go further, great, but that base level isn’t optional, nor difficult to attain.

I will think more on some of Mara’s questions and post more later, but having reached the end, these are my first reflections.

What differentiates a podcast from regular streaming audio or video is that the delivery method for podcasts is often done automatically through RSS Рinterested listeners or watchers can receive updates through RSS when new content is posted. Р23 Things Podcast  Description.

I had no idea that this was the difference! Podcasts are another one of those 2.0 technologies that I have continually had the opportunity to become exposed to, but deftly avoided. I really had no idea until today what they really were. And now that I know, it seems like something I’d be interested in, but am not sure where to start.

And of course, like most things, a divine intervention. My partner was driving me to my Chiropractor’s appointment and in my Vicodin induced haze, I admitted that I really have no idea what in the world is going on with gas prices or the economy or what drives economics. You know, the kind of confession you would really only make under the influence to someone who would never tell on you (and then you go any tell the world in your blog because your embarrassing ignorance of the subject makes a good point).

He mentioned that one way he keeps up on economics is listening to the Marketplace show on NPR, but then he noted that it was on when I was at work or sleeping. And then I had a moment…I asked him if it was podcasted. He said he didn’t know, but if it was I should subscribe to it and then I could listen to it any time. Ta da!

Since I am on complete house rest, I pulled out my iTunes and decided to figure all this out. After a few failed tries, I ended up with a weeks worth of Marketplace podcasts and a subscription for more. I can listen to these while I ice my shoulder on the couch. At least I will have something to do. And also, now I “get” podcasts and I wholeheartedly approve. Maybe I’ll look for more tomorrow.